With money being the root of all evil, does that mean that we indulge too much in entertaining? Could it be a reason why we have such a large disparity between incomes of athletes and entertainers and blue collar workers? Who decided that professional athletes should be paid more than the teachers that instruct our students reading, writing, and arithmetic? I think there is a fine line between what merits higher wage. The core of salary base has been the same for quite some time, with the exception of the cost of living adjustments. Excluding healthcare practitioners, the argument could be presented that all other blue collar/ white collar careers are in need of a salary make over. Academic Professionals, Police officers, Service Industry workers, all earn a modest salary. Entertainers, Athletes, and Actors have earning potential of millions.
The two categories are very different, one can be classified as the world saviors, they go out every day and protect, serve, and educate. The latter, can be classified as the indulgent of the world. Plain and simple, the people that make the big bucks, we in essences pay them to do so. We in indulge in their talents. So does that mean that our values are backward?
Should we be paying educators and servicemen more than the people that entertain us, and should we believe that this means our entertainment takes precedence over all else. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, right? Don’t get me wrong, I do think in most cases entertainers are deserving of their big bucks, they work very hard perfecting their craft and people love to see the competition of sports, a good plot, and a song that sings to their soul. However, what’s a world without education. I do think that we would have better officers and more equipped teachers if they were properly compensated for laying their lives on the line and preparing a generation of future scholars. Like Jerry Maguire, I say, show them the money!
If you had a choice, who would you give the big bucks to, teachers or athletes?